Recycler of the Year Award Nominations

2019 Recipients

Community Based: Artisans
Hall of Fame Inductee: Jack Bradbury
Hall of Fame Inductee: Lisa Sepanski
Higher Education: Community Colleges of Spokane
Individual: Eberly Barragan
Innovation: Art Salvage
Nonprofit: Sustainable Connections
Outstanding Recycling Business: Bay Hay and Feed
Public Education: Waste Management
Reuse Champion: Playback Sports

2018 Recipients

Hall of Fame Inductee: J. Scott Campbell
Individual: Rory Wintersteen, Lincoln County
Nucor Steel Recycling Business: Ardagh Glass Inc. Seattle
Business Generator: T-Mobile
Higher Education: Whitworth University
Public Agency: Seattle Public Utilities
Nonprofit: Zero Waste, Bainbridge Island
Partnership: City of Bellevue, Boys and Girls Clubs of Bellevue,
Wilder Environmental Consulting, and King County Housing Authority.
Innovation: Tinkertopia
Multicultural Engagement: Waste Management
Outstanding Recycling Business: Nucor Steel Seattle Inc.

2017 Recipients

Individual: Gerty Coville, King County Solid Waste
Nucor Steel Recycling Business: F.R.O.G Soap
Business Generator: Safeway Albertsons
Higher Education: Olympic College
Public Agency: City of Kirkland Solid Waste Division
Innovation: Methow Recycles
Public Education: Toledo Elementary School
Reuse: Savers/Value Village



2016 Recipients

Individual: Kris Major, City/County of Spokane
Nucor Steel Recycling Business: Strategic Materials
Business Generator: Stan’s Merry Mart
Higher Education: UW Recycling
Public Agency: City of Federal Way Solid Waste & Recycling Division
Youth Education: Waste Management’s Garbology Action Project Internship
Nonprofit: Green Sports Alliance
Institution: WA Veterans Home- Retsil
Social Impact: Tom Watson, King County  EcoConsumer
Retail: Tumbleweed
Entrepreneur: Old School Creations
Reuse: Steve Kopa, NW Tub Company & Across the Street Antiques



2015 Recipients

Individual: Mary Joe de Beck, City of Issaquah
Nucor Steel Recycling Business: Magnum Print Solutions
Business Generator: Watson Furniture Group
Innovation: Springback Matrress Recycling, NW Furniture Bank
Excellence in Outreach and Education: Triangle Associates
Higher Education: Eastern Washington University
Public Education: Thurston County’s WasteLessFood Campaign
Youth Education: City of Bellevue and the Bellevue School District’s Green Genius Zero Waste Cafeteria Challenge
Nonprofit: Lopez Island Solid Waste Disposal Division
Societal Impact: Heather Heyer, Buy Nothing Project: Bothell Group



2014 Recipients

Individual: Candy Castellanos, Waste Management
Nucor Steel Recycling Business: Emerald Recycling
Large Business Generator: Metagenics, Inc
Small Business Generator: Chaco Canyon Organic Cafes
Innovation:’s Frustration Free Packaging
Public Agency: City of Olympia Public Works Waste Resources
Public Education: King County Solid Waste Division
Youth Education: Paul Flock and the Olympia School District’s Child Nutrition Services Department
Nonprofit: WSU/Lewis County Master Recycler Composter Program
Societal Impact: Plastic Whale Project



2013 Recipients

Individual: Jeanette Brizendine, City of Federal Way
Nucor Steel Recycling Business: General Biodiesel
Business Generator: Port of Seattle/Sea-Tac
Institutional: Franciscan Health System
: City of Issaquah
Public Agency: City of Shoreline
Higher Education: Western Washington University, Office of Sustainability
Public Education: Waste Management
Youth Education: Mercer Island School District
Nonprofit: Sustainable NE Seattle Tool Library
Reuse:  The RE Store REvision Division



2012 Recipients

Individual: Mark Tveit, City of Tacoma
Nucor Steel Recycling Business: Tetra Pak Materials, L.P.
Business Generator: Microsoft
Medical Institution: Harborview Medical Center
Innovation: Zip 2 Water
Public Agency
: US EPA Region 10 Consumption & the Environment Series
: Fairmont Olympic Hotel
Higher Education: Gonzaga University
Youth Education
: Bellevue School District & City of Bellevue
Neighborhood: Newcastle Neighborhood Recycling Challenge
Recreational Facility: Stevens Pass Mountain Resort



2011 Recipients

Individual: Jim Pemble
Nucor Steel Recycling Business: V and G Recycling
Recycling Facility: Wilson Recycling
Business Generator: Seattle Mariners
Institution: Enviromason
Innovation: Recycled Arts Festival
Public Agency
: City of Moses Lake
Youth Education: King County Elementary School Assembly
Youth Education: Washington Green Schools
Event: Boeing Classic/Virginia Mason



2010 Recipients

Individual:  Sabrina Combs
Nucor Steel Recycling Business: E-Cycle Washington
Perseverance: Okanogan County Solid Waste
Business Generator
: Horizon Air
Business Generator: The Heathman Lodge
Public Institution: Seattle University
Innovation: InterConnection, Electronic Waste
Public Agency: King County Housing, Birch Creeks Apartments, Tukwila, WA
Outstanding Public Education: Seattle Public Utilities
K-12 Education: Carbon Yeti Program
Event: Salmon Days Festival, Issaquah



2009 Recipients

Individuals: Tom & Justin Roth
Nucor Steel Recycling Business: Silver Springs Organics
Business Generator: Coca Cola Bottling Company of Washington
Composting:  Chambers Creek Regional Wastewater Plant
Innovation: Pacific Northwest Regional Laboratory
Public Agency: City of Renton
Public Education: King County Green Schools
Nonprofit: NW Lions Eyeglass Recycling Center
Event: Seahawks Qwest Field & Event Center



2008 Recipients

Individual: Rusty Elam
Business Primary: Northwest Door
Business Primary: TriVitro Corporation
Recycling Achievement: Totem Ocean Trailer Express (TOTE)
Recycling Partnership: Natural Resources Conservation Services & RE Sources for Sustainable Communities
Innovation: Snohomish County Office of Economic Development
Public Agency: Washington State Convention & Trade Center
Public Education: Thurston County Solid Waste
Higher Education: UW Department of Housing & Food Services
Compost and Food Waste: Pagliacci Pizza



2007 Recipients

Individual: Cindy Lepper
Nucor Steel Recycling Business:  Second Use Building Materials
Business Generator:  Burgerville Restaurants
Innovation: Cedar Grove Composting
Public Agency: Naval Station Everett
Outstanding Public Education: Mid Columbia Earth Month & Community Clean-Up Group
K-12 Education: Mount Baker School District
Higher Education: Pacific Lutheran University
Deconstruction/Reuse: U.S. Army Base Fort Lewis



2006 Recipients

Individual: Suellen Mele
Nucor Steel Recycling Business:  Sanitary Services Company
Business Generator: Crowne Plaza Hotel
Innovation: Skagit Gleaners
Public Agency: Washington State Department of Corrections
Outstanding Public Education: Kitsap County Solid Waste
K-12 Education: Vancouver School District
Higher Education: UW Environmental Sustainability Program & “Stop, Think, Recycle” Campaign
Compost and Food Waste: South Seattle Community College Culinary Arts Program



2005 Recipients

Individual: Jim Haynes
Nucor Steel Recycling Business: T&T Recovery
Business Generator: Hewlett Packard
Innovation: PlasTech
Institution: Pacific Lutheran University
Public Agency: King County Solid Waste
Public Education: City of Bellevue
K-12 Education: LaCrosse High School
Federal Government: Naval Station Everett


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